Taming the Divine Heron (Paperback)

Taming the Divine Heron By Sergio Pitol, George Henson (Translator) Cover Image
By Sergio Pitol, George Henson (Translator)
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The second novel in Pitol's Carnival trilogy following The Love Parade continues his daring, genre-melding, picaresque style.

From the famous Mexican author, Sergio Pitol, comes his 1988 classic translated by George Henson. Taming the Divine Heron tells the semi-autobiographical story of a novelist working on his newest masterpiece. The protagonist struggles to tell the perfect story-his own imagined protagonists mere imitations of the likes of Lord Jim and Alyosha Karamazov. To help eradicate writer's block, Pitol uses his vessel to praise his own favorite authors. Pitol applauds Bakhtin's world building, Gogol's "carnivalesque literary] breath," and Dante's dizzying intensity. The character finds a muse in Marietta Karapetiz, whom he aptly dubs Dante C. de la Estrella, and the two debate the literary greats.

As the pair attempts to pull from the techniques of the world's best writers, Pitol creates a love letter to literature from around the globe while simultaneously telling his own magical story. To quote Pitol's protagonist, "the quality of the story, its effects, its brilliance, its intensity, ma k]e the most absurd circumstances plausible." Taming The Divine Heron, second in a trilogy including already-published The Love Parade (Deep Vellum, 2022), houses history, hyperrealism, myth, folklore, and memoir; to read Pitol is to appreciate the power of language.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781646052769
ISBN-10: 1646052765
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
Publication Date: November 14th, 2023
Pages: 200
Language: English